For the second year in a row Pioneer Community Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care.
Pioneer is one of 700 hospitals, 15 percent, nationally to receive the award.
Respiratory Care Department Director Samantha Freeman-Brown said she was thrilled with the recognition and proud of the staff for their attention to all of their patients.
“All of the full time staff have been here for at least 10 years,” said Freeman-Brown. “We all live close, but we could all easily go to Winston-Salem or Greensboro to work, but we have a loyalty to the patients in this community.
“The is something to be said when a patients walks into the ER and we know them by name and remember what kind of meds they are on,” she said. “That is a comfort to them, that the people taking care of them are same ones who helped them get better the last time they were here.
“We are all very close in this department,” Freeman-Brown added. “The connection we all have makes it easier for us to function as a group. Our loyalty is to the patients we have looked after for years.”
Freeman-Brown said that although Pioneer is a smaller hospital it still offers a lot in terms of respiratory care, but highlighted the pulmonary rehab program.
“If you are having trouble breathing, with daily activities where you get short of breath,” she said, “we have a 15 week program, where you come twice a week, and we look at the diagnosis, educate you about it, teach you how to do your meds, help you to eat right and help you so you are not so out of breath. We have had very good results with that.
“A lot of patients that have come in have been on continuous oxygen therapy,” she added. “and we have gotten them weened off of it completely or to a point where they just have to wear it at night while they sleep.”
“The Respiratory Therapy team at Pioneer Community Hospital of Stokes is one of the best I have worked with,” said Paul Manson, MD, who deals with respiratory issues at Pioneer Community Hospital. “Their clinical knowledge, compassion and work ethic are top notch. They work long hours and always go the extra step to make sure our patients get the best care they can give and help out the rest of the staff as well. It comes as no surprise that they received another award for the excellent care they provide to our patients. I truly appreciate their hard work and efforts to care for our patients. This award is well deserved. Congratulations.”
The QRCR was created in 2003 to help consumers identify facilities that used qualified respiratory therapists to provide care. Hospitals receiving the recognition adhere to a strict set of criteria for respiratory care which includes:
• All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital for bedside care must be legally recognized by the state to be competent.
•Respiratory therapists must be available 24 hours a day.
•Other personnel involved in procedures must be designated in writing.
•A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
•Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously.
•Having a process to compare performance of the department with similar departments.
The Pioneer Respiratory Care Department staffs Registered Respiratory Care Practitioners, licensed by the North Carolina Board of Respiratory Care. The Respiratory Care Practitioners are BLS and ACLS certified and are experienced in acute care, critical care, and emergency settings.
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